04102018-ATR-01.qxd 10/3/2018 11:58 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 4 OCTOBER 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE BRTS unlikely to meet deadline Love, your honour Power-packed shows Company undertaking construction work needs a few months to complete the BRTS project. P2 Many a maker has been moved to make a film on ‘honour’ killings. P3 EPIC Channel has launched three new shows this month. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.13 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.26 AM Road accident victim succumbs to injuries For UN peace-keeping Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 3 A 25-year-old person, who was injured in a road mishap two weeks ago, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday at a private hospital here. Cyclists robbed of ~15,000, mobile phones at gunpoint Were participating in 400-km cycling event that started from Patiala PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service The victim was injured in a road mishap that took place two weeks ago The deceased has been identified as Ranjit Singh of Bath village, 10 km from here. The Sadar police have registered a case under Section 304-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Shinder Singh of the same village. Ranjit was injured when an bull of Shinder hit his motorcycle on the Tarn TaranGoindwal Sahib road. After the accident, the victim was admitted to a private hospital where he was getting treatment. UN Secretary General António Guterres and SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Girl student hurt as car rams into scooter in BRTS lane Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 3 A girl student was injured after a car at high speed hit her scooter near Guru Harkishan Public School in a BRTS lane here on Tuesday evening. She was taken to a private hospital after the mishap. Her scooter was badly damaged in the collision. The car occupants had a narrow escape as air bags were opened after the collision. As per the information, the car driver lost control over the vehicle after seeing a girl coming from the opposite side and it rammed into iron grills of the BRTS. They fled the scene after the incident. The victim fell off her scooter and sustained injuries. As per the information, the car was coming from the Chhheharta side while the victim was coming from the railway station side. As there was no traffic in the BRTS lane, the car was coming at high speed. ADCP Lakhbir Singh said the victim was stable and out of danger. He said the car bore a registration number of Gurdaspur district and investigations were on to identify the occupants. The car that hit a woman’s scooter in a BRTS lane in Amritsar on Tuesday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ex-college principal alleges harassment Says objectionable words used against his caste Armed men open fire in grain market Amritsar, October 3 Two persons, including renowned cyclist Megha Jain, were robbed by unidentified armed men at Khilchian in the wee hours of Tuesday. The car-borne accused also targeted Dr Pawan Dhingra, a noted doctor from Ludhiana. The victims were participating in a 400km cycling event that started from Patiala and which was to culminate in Jalandhar after passing through Barnala and Bathinda. As per the information, they were to finish the event within 25 hours. On Tuesday at 4 am, the cycle’s light of Dr Dhingra developed a snag. When he was repairing it on the Khilchian flyover, a car (PB46L-2324) stopped and four youths came out of it. He told the police that the accused pointed a pistol and sharp weapons at him and snatched his bag containing ~15,000, two mobile phones, ATM cards and other valuables. The accused also snatched the bag of Megha containing a mobile phone and a power bank. A case under Sections 379B (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against unidentified persons. official letter in this regard has reached him till date. He said the police have been dilly dallying the investigation into the matter. “I went to get an FIR registered after the incident, but so far no FIR has been lodged. Also, officials are not even considering my pleas for action against the accused.” He has also reported the incident to the State Commission for SC/ST. “The Commission has assured me of action and I have been told a departmental inquiry will be ordered. But, I am just waiting for it,” added Lal. Meanwhile, Sukhdev Singh said all allegations were baseless. “As the acting principal, I sealed the office after he was relieved from his duty on September 28. I locked the office as it was my responsibility, but I did not write any objectionable content,” he said. — TNS Similarly in another incident, a Tarn Taran couple — Mukhtar Singh of Mathrewal and his wife — were robbed by car-borne persons near Muchhal village on Tuesday morning. Mukhtar told the police that at 5.30 am, he, along with his wife, was going to Beas to get a medicine. He said unidentified persons came in a car and pointed a pistol at them and snatched Rs 4,000, a mobile phone and some important documents. He said the accused fled towards Khilchian. A case under Sections 379B (2) of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms act has been registered against them. Snatcher targets woman An unidentified person snatched a purse containing ~10,000 in cash and other documents from a woman on Tuesday. The victim has been identified as Poonam Chawla, a local resident. She told the police a youth came on a bike snatched her purse when she was going to open the gate in the Basant Avenue area. She was dragged to some distance by the snatcher, which was recorded in a CCTV camera. The police have registered a case in this regard. Paddy procurement yet to pick up pace Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, October 3 Panic gripped the local grain market here on Tuesday evening when a group of armed persons opened fire. However, no causality was reported in the incident. Rivalry between labour groups is said to be the reason behind the incident Inspector Chander Bhushan, Station House Officer of the local city police station, said the matter was being investigated. The Station House Officer said no complaint had been received in this regard. At the same time, Sham Singh, a leader of a labours’ union, said, “A group of armed persons opened fire at me, but I managed to escape somehow.” A rivalry between labour groups is said to be the reason behind the incident. Sham Singh threatened to stage a protest along with his supporters if no action was taken against accused. Labourers busy handling paddy crop at the Bhagtanwala grain market in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 3 Around 15 lakh quintals of paddy has arrived at various grain markets in the district. Though the procurement process officially had started on October 1, it is yet to pick up pace. Officials of the Mandi Board said a total of 35,000 quintals of paddy arrived on Wednesday. According to them, around 450 quintals have been procured by Pungrain from the Jandiala Guru grain market. At the district’s biggest Bhagatawala grain, private players are purchasing produce, but due to more moisture content, government agencies have still shown much enthusiasm. Farmers on Wednesday took their produce to the Jandiala Guru grain market where 14,000 quintals of pad- dy has arrived. Pungrain has also started purchasing paddy at the Mehta grain market. Mandi Board officials said so far, the moisture content in the produce was more than 17 per cent and as such procurement agencies were not very active. District Mandi Officer Kulwant Singh said, “In Rayya block markets, procurement agencies have assured to start the process from Thursday.” He said on Wednesday, the moisture content in these markets was recorded at 18 to 20 per cent. He said all agencies were expected to become active in next two days. The officer advised that the farmers should bring the crop to mandies only after the moisture content was in permissible limits. He said otherwise, they might have to face problems in procurement. Farmers exhorted not Mobile app fails to address to burn crop residue sanitation issues in city Charanjit Singh Teja Amritsar, October 3 A former principal of ITI College in Ranjit Avenue staged a protest in front of the college gate on Wednesday morning and gheraoed the police station in the evening. He sat on a dharna after a staff member allegedly wrote objectionable words against his caste as he belongs to the SC/ST community. Darbari Lal alleged that five days ago, one of his subordinates — Sukhdev Singh — sealed his office and posted a note in which he wrote objectionable words against his caste. “He locked the office and wrote an objectionable message on the seal. He is an instructor at the college and had harassed me in the past as well,” said Lal. Lal had received his transfer orders on WhatsApp a few days ago, but he claims no Tarn Taran couple looted Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 3 A training camp for farmers was organised at Khayala Khurd village near here on Wednesday. The objective of the camp was to educate farmers about crop procedures of the season. Jasbir Singh Bains, Director, Agriculture, also attended the camp. Speaking on the occasion, he said the department had arranged sufficient quantity of fertilizers, especially DAP, for the wheat crop and farmers had no need to worry. He also exhorted them to avoid burning of crop residue in fields. He said instead of it, the farmers should use the latest machines in an environment-friendly way. Amritsar, October 3 The civic body observed Gandhi Jayanti with zeal and organised events to clean major roads in the city. But, it seems that the MC is not paying attention to the Swachhata mobile application as residents said complaints were not being addressed. In January, the MC had launched a drive to motivate residents to install the mobile application under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It was said that the mobile application designed by the Union Urban Development Ministry would address complaints related sanitation in a time-bound manner. Around 23,000 residents had downloaded the application. The government had claimed that after registering Agriculture Department officials at a training camp organised for farmers at Khaya Kalan village on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO The Director added that the farmers should use the Happy Seeder machine for direct sowing of crop, which would reduce their input cost. Bains said farmers should also diversify crops of banana and papaya. He said research had shown that these two c m y b fruits could be successfully cultivated in local conditions. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Dalbir Singh Chinna said wheat is estimated to be grown on 1.88 lakh-hectare area. He expected that around 9.40 lakh tonnes of wheat would be produced. 23K had downloaded Swachhata application Around 23,000 residents had downloaded the application. The government had claimed that after registering complaints related to overflowing dustbins, garbage dumps and sweeping with the Swachhata app, these will be addressed within 12 hours. . complaints related to overflowing dustbins, garbage dumps and sweeping with the Swachhata app, these will be addressed within 12 hours. Several NGOs and individuals made efforts to make the masses aware of the mobile application. But after seven months, claims of the MC about the application seem to have fallen flat. Residents have bad experiences to share. In the absence of a proper com- plaint redressal system, they are not satisfied with the service. Rakesh Sharma, an officebearer of Voice of Amritsar, who campaigned to download the application, said, “We have motivated hundreds to download the application for quick redressal of sanitation issues in the city. Initially, it was working well. But now the residents, who downloaded it, are disappointed. They often complain that the app does not work properly and show errors in last stage. If someone succeeds to upload pictures, the MC doesn’t address the issue.” The use of the application has decreased over the time. Despite repeated attempts, Dr Navjot Kaur, in-chagre for the Swachhata app, could not be contacted as she did not respond to phone calls.
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